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Joanne van Driessen

I was born in Alston, Cumberland, in 1959 and the youngest of three daughters born into a middle-class family who lived much of the time during the 1950s to 1970s in the Gold Coast, now Ghana in West Africa.

I consider my home to be the North Pennines of Northumberland but have lived and worked all over Britain, settling in Northern Ireland for the moment.

My mother became terminally ill with cancer and died in 2007 following a long illness and I was determined to write this book in her memory.


  • Pink Gins Under a Mango Tree


    Life is a series of dramas and, big or small, they should all be remembered. Pink Gins Under A Mango Tree spans two decades, set in the tropical Gold Coast of West Africa during the colonial days before independence and then in the newly independent Ghana.

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